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Re: DAY VISITOR PERMIT

Unread postby Pjw » Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:51 pm

I have just booked "Pre-booked day visitor " for this long weekend with no problem Just phone the central reservations on 012 428 9111 and they will help you

My question is can you pre-book day visitor status at the gate as you exit one day for the next day?
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Re: DAY VISITOR PERMIT

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:00 pm

Yes you can. :thumbs_up:
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Re: DAY VISITOR PERMIT

Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:18 pm

Actually that should be 'no'! Because if it is that busy, by the time you exit the bookable quota will probably have been reached and you will have to chance the time and queue next day. During the school holidays when I was at CB 'doing the gate' the bookable quota was sometimes reached a couple of days ahead.

That said, I did notice that at CB the quotas were haphazardly applied. I decided that if I had booked a day permit but not yet paid, and then got in I would have kept quiet and saved my R20! Please note I am not advising anybody to do that, but........!

Also the cut-off time for using the day permit is 1300 not 1400.
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Re: Day Visitor Permits

Unread postby saraf » Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:30 pm

ecojunkie wrote:Works like this:
1. You want to be sure you get in on the day chosen.
2. You arrange a day visitor permit.
3. That costs you R20/person over and above any other costs (daily conservation/entry fee)
4. It guarantees you entry up to 1300.
5. Your choice then is to arrive early so you can get in early - but you will have to wait in line like everyone else, or to arrive later (probably after 0700 or even 0800) and miss the queue as the quota will have been reached and they will only be allowing booked guests in.
6. Or you don't get the permit but decide to be in the queue at about 0400 to be sure of getting in!

The quota for each gate is set eg at 500 people (not cars - they don't use toilets and restaurants and it depends on the facilities in the areas for guests). 60% are allowed to pre-book for the day, and the other 40% is available on first come first served basis.

The quota includes day visitors on OSVs, but does not include overnight guests as they are already catered for.

The permit is only valid for the gate nominated - you cannot get a permit for Kruger gate and use it at Phabeni for example. The only exception is when Croc Bridge is closed then their quota bookings are transferred to Malelane gate. I am not sure if the unbooked quota also increases in that case or not.


A couple more questions.

Do the OSV companies arrange Day Visitor Permits? If so does this come from the 60% of the quota allowed for prebooked day passes?

How does one arrange a day visitor pass? Through Central Reservations or from the Gate? Or both?

And what about the visitors on SANParks morning drives from the gates? Do they form part of the day's quota?
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Re: Day Visitor Permits

Unread postby ecojunkie » Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:44 pm

OSV visitors are part of the total quota, and may be in the pre-booked or first come first served depending on whether they book ahead or not. Although they try to 'jump' the queue they should stay in line and wait their turn.

Permits can be arranged from Central or gate concerned.

I am not sure how the SANparks gate drives are worked out - probably already allowed for before quota.
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Re: Number of day visitors per gate

Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:51 pm

It is 350 at CB and I think one or two of the other smaller gates too (eg Punda Maria).
The others are all 500.
It is worked out on facilities for visitors near the gates, such as toilets and restaurants.
60% of the quota may book ahead for their day permit and then may enter any time up to 1300 but only at the gate they booked for (special arrangement between CB and Malelane if the river is full and the bridge impassable).
Overnight visitors can enter any gate and at any time providing they still have time to get to their camp.

HOWEVER......and this is a biggie which SANparks does need to sort out.....not all duty managers stick to their quotas.
Sometimes it is just sheer pressure of numbers with a computer off line and no extra person around to count (as I and other HRs do at Malelane on busy days).
But other times it is just a reluctance to say no and 'disappoint' people - forgetting that disappointment comes in many guises including overcrowding, lack of facilities, etc.
Also some staff issue 'permits' to relatives and friends to allow them to come in......and I know this system is hugely abused.
I have had taxi drivers with jammed vehicles telling me all sorts of stories to get in and not getting past me - and then after some cell phone usage producing a staff visitor permit and sailing in!
Nothing I can do in that situation.
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Re: June and July day visitors

Unread postby fee » Sat May 29, 2010 6:08 am

Do you not have to do it through central reservations? Was told it wasn't possible to do it at gates?

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Re: June and July day visitors

Unread postby Dakka » Sat May 29, 2010 8:39 am

I have done all mine at the gates without any problems. Cant see it changing

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Re: Day Visitor Pre-Pay

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:32 pm

I do not think there is a need to purchase a day visitor entry pass for Feb, the park is not really that busy at that time and you should be able to enter daily without a problem.
We go every Feb and have never had any problem getting in.

When we entered at Croc Bridge in May/June this year we just drove up to the gates, filled in the entry form, showed our wild card paper and in we went.

I am not sure quite how Malelane Gate is, but as I recall the one day we entered there we had to go into the office and do the paperwork.
What we do is take extra forms on the first day and pre fill them in so as to speed up the whole process.
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Re: Infos regarding DAY VISITOR ?

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:39 pm

Bushbuck, the Tariff Here but I am sure it has since increased and is now R30 for adults and R15 per child per day plus the daily conservation fee.
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Entering at Crocodile Gate

Unread postby Cheree » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:22 am

:hello: fellow forumites

I trust you are well.

Can somebody please advise on the following.

I will be going to KNP on easter weekend and will be staying in Marloth Park. I know that if you dont make a booking to go into the park that weekend you will be waiting a while at the gate. Can someone please tell me how i can make a reservation for 10 people to go into the park without waiting at the gate in those long ques?

I am really excited to go and will be very upset if i wont be able to go in.

Please Help!!

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Re: Entering at Crocodile Gate

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:51 am

You will still need to wait in the line. A booking will guarantee your entry, but not allow you to skip the line.

The good news is that Crocodile bridge has new entry gates, which is much faster and more effective.
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Re: Entering at Crocodile Gate

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:27 pm

Cheree wrote:How can i make a booking?
Have a look Here for info on the advance day visitor bookings Cheree.
Basically all it does is guarantee you an entrance but you still have to wait in the queue so the earlier you can get there the better.
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Re: Entering at Crocodile Gate

Unread postby VicRob » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:02 pm

Hi

What happens if you are staying at the camps ?

We are staying for 2 weeks and have a wildcard, and I think these rules have come in since our last visit. Do we queue with the day visitors?

Last time there I do not remember waiting in a line, I am sure we just drove straight up to the gate.

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Re: Entering at Crocodile Gate

Unread postby WendyA » Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:09 pm

Hi VicRob!

Unfortunately even if you are booked to stay at a camp you need to check into the park at the Reception at whichever gate you enter. You will be given your "permit" to enter the park at Reception which you then need to show to the guys who let you into the park.

When you check in at your camp you will need to show your "permit" to Reception there; they will then attach an "exit permit" to your original permit which you will need to show to the guys at the gate when you exit the park.

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